Sunday, May 17, 2009

Interview with Luna Essence

My Guest today is Diana, she is a mom, a jewelry designer, and the owner of Luna Essence.Isn't that a beautiful name for a company? In fact I love it, it inspires me a lot.I find it to be mysterious, simple and her designs are!

Her jewelry designs are simple and elegant and seems to be made to highlight the essence of the woman that will wore them.

I was very happy that she accepted to make this interview with me!

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about you?

Diana:Italic My name is Diana , I am a 50 year old Mother of 4 children, 3 are grown and 1 little girl I am still raising. I am married to the same man that I met when I was 17 years old. We live in the Catskill Mountains in NYS. I have been working as a Real Estate Agent for the past 5 years. I have been an on off stay at home mom for many years. I love the mountains. We live in a wooded area surrounded by nature that inspires me everyday.

Me: How did you become a jewelry designer?

Diana: Fashion has always interested me. Design and color relax me. I am the happiest when I am creating. In 2008 I started to make jewelry. It just seemed like the right thing for me to do. I am self taught.

Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Diana: Everywhere! I will dream about it or see something somewhere in nature or a building or pattern and then interpret it my way. There are no rules so that freedom just takes on a pace of its own.

Me: What are your goals?

Diana: Right now I just want to continue to make people feel enlightened when they wear a piece I make. This is not just what I gain from the creating but from what others gain from owning it. Stones , pearls, crystals are very conductive in aiding us in healing and opening new areas of our inner selves.

Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Diana: A lucky star tell me more lol. I love astrology and tarot have been doing reading for years. So I believe that there are many stars affecting us daily.

Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Diana: We all have moments of doubts. With pain comes growth, it can be difficult sometimes.

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Diana: Many times I can feel blocked so it is time for me to seek out new areas of design or set aside the work that is giving me doubt and come back to it later. I will go very deep inside myself before I surface again.

Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?

Diana: I love to garden this always helps or visit people and go different places. I like to meditate. Sometimes I just need to rest.

Me: Is it effective?

Diana: yes very effective?
Me: What is your motto in life?

Diana: May you shine your light wherever you are! Live in the moment and be happy!

Thank you Diana!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Interview with Gary Heller

Gary Heller is one of my blogging friends.
I have not yet met him in person, but as you will see if you take the time to read his blog, and to see his photographic work on his website or on his etsy store, he is a person of great sensitivity!

I am very touched by many of his blog post, as I am by his pictures. I would say that his work is " a fleur de peau" like we say in French, which means hyper sensitive.

One of his talent is the ability he has to capture those instants we all have experienced sometimes for just a few seconds, instants between day and night, instants of solitude, instants of eternity.....we all experienced theses instants and keep them deep in our memories, but Gary has this power to capture them with his camera and restitute them to us.

He has an exhibition of his photography at the BWAC show, " The color of Hope", in redhook Brooklyn from may 9 until June 14 week ends that I will visit, and I encourage you to go, as this seems to be a big events with many artists. For example, on Saturday 9th, there will a the New Orleans Band playing on the second floor. Enjoy your visit!!

Ok, lets come back to the point: the interview....

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about you?

Gary: I'm the father of two kids. A 21 year old daughter named Christina and a 12 year old son, Kyle. Kyle is autistic and has a very deep interest in animals. It has helped him tremendously throughout his life. It is a big part of the reason why I have three cats (all rescues) and was always a dog kinda guy. I now love cats too! I'm told very often that I am quite reserved and always look serious, whatever that means but I'm actually quite silly and love to goof around. I've always had to express myself through art in some way shape or form. I have built furniture of my own design, played guitar in a rock band and got to perform on Star Search, dabbled in painting and drawing, and finally got seriously into photography at the start of 2004.

Me: How did you become a photographer?

Gary: I really wanted to be a painter or be able to make great sketches and illustrations but I felt it did not come naturally for me and if I spent a good bit of time at something it might come out ok but I felt it was too much effort for just mediocre results. One day it just occured to me that I could pick up a camera and capture images of the things around me that moved me in some way. A friend of the family gave me an old Canon AE-1 and I was hooked.

I taught myself about photography, post processing and printing.

Me: Where do you get your inspiration?

Gary: It really comes from within me. I want to create images that somehow seem a bit unusual or strange but yet pleasing at the same time. Everything around me has some sort of charm or beauty, (especially in the right lighting!) and I want others to see that as well, the way I see it.

Me: What are your goals?

Gary: To find more time to work on the subjects that I wish to pursue more deeply. To further refine my skills at achieving the look and aesthetic that i desire in my photographs.

Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?

Gary: No

Me: Do you have periods of doubts?

Gary: Yes, from time to time I question my work and my achievements. I sometimes wonder if I'm just wasting my time. . .

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?

Gary: I remember why I started doing photography. To create and express myself and basically thats what really drives me. I just want to share my creations with others and have them see what I see. When i think of it again in those simple terms it is easier to deal with and to accept the demands and expectations that have come along for the ride at this point.

Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?

Gary: A big mug of black coffee, Italian roast!

Me: Is it effective?

Gary: Absolutely!

Me: What is your motto in life?

Gary: Well, I'm a big believer in "Treat others as you wish to be treated. Also I believe that whatever it is you happen to be doing in life, do it the best that you can.

Thank you Gary!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm back to blogging!

Its been a while! In fact more than 2 weeks. The truth is that after my sister left, I had a feeling of nostalgia which took more than a week to overcome.
While I didn’t add to my blog, I continued to read other interesting blogs, which is very nice as well. I realized how much blogging can be exotic. I can travel all around the world, meet interesting people, discuss different points of interests and views.

My last discovery was a blog by the jewelry designer, Mademoiselle M, who has featured my work! Thank you so much!!

Marie Michelle( Mademoiselle M) is an artisan Jewelry designer, and of course a blogger.
I will let you judge yourself the quality of her work. I find it to be very beautiful & delicate!

I might not be the only one, because most of the jewelry I like in her store are already sold!!!

Like this necklace....

Her blog is a bilingual English & French Blog. She is a Canadian so she decided to blog in the 2 languages.. I admire that very much!
When I started blogging, I decided that my blog had to be in one language or another, but I know that some of my Friends in France struggled to read it. They have to use google translation tools to read my blog, which isn't very funny :)!
So I really admire the work of Mademoiselle M! Congratulations!!!
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